Big Sugar headlines at the Burnaby Blues + Roots Festival
Big Sugar headlines at the Burnaby Blues + Roots Festival

It is a week to crawl, trawl and be enthrall’d as you venture out to New West, Steveston and Burnaby.

For over a decade, the New West Cultural Crawl (Aug 9 &10) has showcased the creative talent in New Westminster. This year the Crawl brings together 23 venues with art from more than 50 local artists. The self-guided crawl is arranged around that city’s neighbourhoods.  In Victory Heights & Sapperton you will find live and work studios as well as the Van Dop Gallery and 100 Braid St Studios, home to 16 emerging and professional artists & artisans.  Downtown & The Quay features works from contemporary emerging and established artists among the boutiques, restaurants and galleries.  Uptown is where you’ll find the Heritage Life Drawing Society teaching you to draw and Irving House, the oldest family home in the Lower Mainland.  Queensborough & the West End is where you’ll find the Art in Bloom English Tea Party and even catch an outdoor showing of the family-friendly movie Hook in Port Royal Park.

Steveston’s waterfront heritage is celebrated at the 11th annual Richmond Maritime Festival (Aug 8-10).  Here you’ll not only find a storytelling mermaid, but you’ll also discover a wharf rat and statues brought to life. Live music, dancers, art, and hands-on fun for all ages makes this a weekend-long event worth checking out.

Over in Burnaby the Blues + Roots Festival (Aug 9) returns to Deer Lake Park for another family-friendly day filled with amazing music. This year’s lineup includes Big Sugar, Matt Andersen and the MelloTones, Bettye LaVette, Imelda May, The Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer, Wide Mouth Mason, and many more.